Attorney says Killen's health would keep him at home if bond granted

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - The attorney for Edgar Ray Killen will ask a judge to grant bond while he appeals his conviction for his role in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.

Killen's attorney says if the reputed Klansman is granted bond, declining health will likely keep him at home until he dies.

The 81-year-old was convicted on three counts of manslaughter for orchestrating the 1964 killings of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman.

The lawyers for Killen will go before Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon in Philadelphia on Friday. Gordon had granted Killen bond last August after Killen told the court that leg and arm injuries he received in a tree-cutting accident and left him in constant pain and confined to a wheelchair except for when he slept.

During an August 12th hearing in Neshoba County Circuit Court, four law enforcement officers and a convenience store owner testified they had seen Killen driving around the Philadelphia and Union while free on bond. Gordon revoked Killen's bond.

Now, defense lawyers claim Gordon should reconsider bond because Killen's health has deteriorated since his imprisonment.

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